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Wind River Modernizes VxWorks

“This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! …Bereft of life, he rests in peace!” – Mr. Praline

Years ago, a General Motors executive from Detroit told a roomful of press and analysts that “the median age of a Cadillac buyer increases by one year every year.” In other words, their customer base was dying. Only septuagenarians … Read More → "Wind River Modernizes VxWorks"

Smart Sensor Sees in 3D

“[Motion sensing hand dryers] never work, so I just end up looking like I’m waving hello to a wall robot.” – Jimmy Fallon

In school I was taught that a thermostat is a robot, inasmuch as it responds to its surroundings in real time. Years later, I was the head of engineering for a robot company that made big, scary machines with 500 … Read More → "Smart Sensor Sees in 3D"

Reliability’s Road

“The road to success is paved with the hot asphalt of failure.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we take an in-depth look at the complex reliability issues present in today’s automotive designs. Hany Elhak (Cadence Design Systems) and I chat about the role that mixed-signal chips play in the automotive ecosystem, the reality of defect analysis in the … Read More → "Reliability’s Road"

When the Undecidable Becomes Decided

In general, we like light hearted stories on Fish Fry. We like “smart” forks that tell us when we should stop eating. We enjoy 3D printing robots that make pancakes with the faces of famous people. All of that is fine and dandy but sometimes, we have to talk about more serious stuff. Today we are talking about when safety and security is mandatory, when failure is life or … Read More → "When the Undecidable Becomes Decided"

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Fuses in Automotive Applications — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics   Automotive applications put a high demand on fuses. With the increasing electrical content in modern vehicles, correct fuse specification is a critical item for safety, and standards have been slow to catch up with demands. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Saad Lambaz from Littelfuse to discuss the evolution … Read More → "Fuses in Automotive Applications — Littelfuse and Mouser Electronics"
The Future of Automotive Interconnects — Molex and Mouser Electronics   The modern automobile is practically a data center on wheels, with countless processors, controllers, sensors, and intelligent systems that need to communicate reliably. Choosing the right interconnect solutions is front and center in the design of these complex systems. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Rudy Waluch of Molex … Read More → "The Future of Automotive Interconnects — Molex and Mouser Electronics"
Electric Vehicles — Bourns and Mouser Electronics  The electric car revolution is here. But if we are going to keep pace with the global regulations set into place into the next couple of years, we need to start starting talking about battery management systems, voltage isolation, and a whole lot more. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with … Read More → "Electric Vehicles — Bourns and Mouser Electronics"
PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications – Mouser and Littelfuse   Sometimes you’d like to just press reset after an overcurrent event. For those kinds of designs, a PPTC device is exactly what you need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Eric Lineman from Littelfuse about resettable overcurrent protection with PolySwitch PPTC, and how it can help your next design. … Read More → "PolySwitch PPTC Devices and Applications – Mouser and Littelfuse"